AT - Little Rock Knob

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Trail Name AT - Little Rock Knob
Nearest City Roan Mountain
State Tennessee
Trail Marking AT White Rectangle
Trail Use/Features Dnr hiking.png Dnr camp.png
Difficulty Rating Easy
Hiking Time 3 Hours
Distance, round-trip 4.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 825 Feet
High Point 4,925 Feet
Latitude 36°08′11.9″N
Longitude 82°08′27.4″W
Nearest Medical Elizabethton, TN
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Trail Overview

Hike along the Appalachian Trail through hardwood forest to great views at Little Rock Knob (elevation 4918').

How to get there

From Kingsport, TN

  1. Take I-26 south to Exit 24 for US-321/TN-67 toward Elizabethton.
  2. Continue through Elizabethton and right at traffic light to stay on US-321 South.
  3. At Hampton, stay on US19E as it veers right.
  4. At Roan Mountain, turn right onto TN-143. Pass through Roan Mountain State Park.
  5. After just over five miles, turn right onto Cove Creek Road.
  6. Veer right after a mile to stay on Hughes Gap Road.
  7. At the state line, there is a small (four car) pull-off on right.

Allow 75 minutes travel time for this drive.

(Alternatively at Steps 2-3, once just inside Elizabethton city limits, turn right on TN-362, then right again and follow Gap Creek Rd for 8 miles to US19E, thus bypassing around Elizabethton and Hampton.)

The AT Trail Guides states that: "Overnight parking cars at Hughes Gap is not advised, because of problems with vandalism."

Route Description

Follow the white AT blazes trail southbound (which is heading compass north) up along the dirt path. The formerly difficult climb has been replaced with several excellently designed switchbacks. Pace was roughly 2 mph in both directions with a young family. Best distant views will be had when the leaves are down.

Typical Conditions

Maintained Appalachian Trail, so follow the white blazes. The path sometimes narrows through rhododendron thickets, but generally is good condition.

Fees, Permits, etc.

No permits or fees required. If camping, use one of the two existing sites to minimize impact. First with open space for several tents was roughly 0.4 miles in. Second was up on Little Rock Knob with space for a couple of tents.

After the Hike

Misc. Information

Maps

Note: Google Maps shows an older, simplified version of the AT route on its maps. Current red line was measured after the relocations were made, thus a better representation.

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